June 27, 2013
Repainting My Outdoor Metal Furniture
As you may have read in this blog, I am in the process of a garden redesign at my Lily Pond Lane home in East Hampton, New York. All of the hundreds of rose bushes that were dug up in the spring and transplanted at my farm in Bedford are doing quite nicely in their new environment. I’m also having great fun rethinking and replanting all of the Lily Pond garden beds. Part of this new design included changing the color of my many pieces of outdoor metal furniture. I decided to transport all the furniture to the farm and have some of my crew work on this rather large project. The new paint color, called Carton, is from the Martha Stewart Living Paint line available at The Home Depot.
1 All of the metal furniture from Lily Pond was brought to my farm in Bedford for some sprucing up. It's been painted this shade of aqua for many years and I wanted a change.
2 As you can see, from looking at this table, the furniture desperately needed attention.
3 This is a sand blaster, which is used to clean a surface by spraying it with an abrasive material.
4 To operate the sand blaster, a compressor is required. Sand blasting is a noisy operation!
5 For this type of blasting, Black Beauty Abrasive is used.
6 This blasting abrasive is a low dusting, low free silica coal slag and is quite gritty.
7 Fernando emptied the abrasive into the blaster.
8 When sand blasting, it's critical to wear protective clothing and something to protect your face and head, like a sand blasting helmet. The abrasive shoots out of a nozzle under great pressure.
9 Carlos pointed to a newly smoothed surface where paint and rust was removed. Sandblasting smooths the surface and removes imperfections.
10 Another look - Because this furniture will be repainted, it isn't necessary to completely strip all the old paint - just the loose paint and rough areas.
11 Blasting another table
12 And a love seat
13 The fellow at the rental company told my crew that once the metal has been sand blasted, it's really important to apply a metal primer right away. He explained that bare metal rusts very quickly.
14 So, while Fernando and Carlos blasted, Pete, far from the blasting area, used a rented spray gun to apply the primer.
15 The primed pieces were taken to a nearby empty hoop house where the primer dried.
16 When all the blasting was finished, Fernando helped Pete with the spraying. This is the new color from my Martha Stewart Living paint chart at The Home Depot.
17 This new color is called Carton #MSL079.
18 I love how the furniture looks painted this color.
19 The rental sprayer was due back and to finish the job, Fernando borrowed this Ryobi cordless sprayer and battery charger from the video department of MSLO.
20 To keep it looking new, Pete and Fernando covered the entire sprayer using painter's tape.
21 Voila! Very nicely done!
22 I can't wait to see how all of this furniture will look back at Lily Pond.